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Over & Under pottery show

posted May 30, 2019, 2:51 PM by Executive Director

Over & Under

VISAC Pottery Club Spring Show & Sale!

showing April 5 - May 17, 2019

VISAC Pottery Club Annual Spring Show & Sale!
Over & Under, opening night April 5th 6-8pm.

Everyone's invited.
1501 Cedar Ave, Trail BC

Planters, hangers, chimes, pots & more!
Door prizes, refreshments, & a Bob Ross Memorial Ceremony.

People Choice Sculpture Contest! Theme: Forms

We will be dedicating the VISAC Pottery Studio to Boss Ross's memory for all the work and support he gave to VISAC and the Trail Arts community back in its foundation days.

Did you know Bob Ross? If you have a sentence or 2 you would like to have added to Bob Ross's memorial wall during the show please comment on it below in the comments and it will get printed out and added to his story board fo the duration of the pottery show.

Diane Oser - Memorial Exhibit

posted Apr 11, 2019, 1:46 PM by Executive Director

Artist's Biography - Diane Oser – 12/26/1955 to 11/21/2018

Diane Malcha Oser was originally from Montreal, Quebec. From a young age she was interested in both music and the arts, attending the McGill Conservatory of Music and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. As a young adult she relocated to Vancouver, BC, where she attended the art program at Capilano College,

During the busy years of raising her children she continued to paint and teach piano For a period of time she was able to return to Montreal and further her education at Concordia University's Fine Arts program.

As an artist, Diane enjoyed working with all mediums, though her particular favorites are oils and watercolors. Another skill that Diane acquired was the restoration of fine oil paintings, something she learned while apprenticing with a Master Furniture Restorer in Montreal.

For her last 29 years Diane lived in the West Kootenay in BC. Most of this time was spent in Salmo, BC. In 2007 she married and moved  with her husband Doug Alder and their 3 cats and two dogs to Trail BC where Diane continued teaching art and piano. In 2008 Diane's paintings were part of the Trail and District Art Walk and has also shown at the annual 'Art of Wine” fundraising event for the pediatric unit at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, here in Trail.

Diane was an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and won the Gold Award for a painting  exhibited in June 2009

Muse: The art of Comic & Illustration - Erin Shuttleworth

posted Apr 11, 2019, 1:44 PM by Executive Director

About Erin Shuttleworth :
Erin is a comic artist and illustrator who specializes in works of fantasy and comedy. Her work is a combination of digital art and traditional ink, with strong, thick linework. Influenced by “The God of Manga”, Osamu Tezuka, her art is a blend of western and eastern styles, with stories that focus on human relationships, magic and love.

Erin has been drawing and making comics for 20 years. Since graduating from UVic with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2014, she has been expanding her body of work to include children’s books and illustration. She has been published in magazines, newsletters and books, with many more self-published projects ongoing. Her most popular series is Skeleton Joe, written by Spencer Crispin, about a Skeleton’s daily life. Some titles include: “Skeleton Joe Finds Fresh Fruit”, “Skeleton Joe and the Day of Mild Inconveniences” and “Skeleton Joe’s Fishing Jamboree Extraordinaire”.
Never taking herself too seriously, Erin is always having fun while making art. A huge fan of video games, comics, cartoons, movies and books, she is unable to resist sneaking in references. Her time travel/fantasy comic, Mindless MUSE, has a main set of characters reminiscent of old-school JRPG video games - The thief, mage, princess and warrior - and the characters “level up” as time goes on, learning new skills and abilities.

Erin is excited to share her work with the Kootenays, and inspire fellow creators and patrons of the arts to explore the ever growing medium of comic and illustration.

Step into My Stories, by artist Kelly Shpeley

posted Nov 5, 2018, 11:36 AM by Executive Director

Step into my Stories, a solo exhibit by Kelley Shpeley

"Each of my paintings tells a story. The viewer is the writer."

-Kelly Shpeley 
Nelson Artist & Creatrix

Kelly is a self taught, multi-disciplinary surrealist from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. She has had gallery showings in Canada, the United States, and Norway. She’s been published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Print Work, and Trend Prive. She has also worked in the film industry with a number of directors ( Steven Spielberg, Duncan Jones, and J.J. Abrams, etc...) She also worked with Miss Norway on a body painting photoshoot for Print Work magazine. She’s done artwork for Stan Lee... Excelsior! And was lucky also to be part of Neil Gaiman’s "Calendar of Tales" (January). She also painted the original poster for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Coastal Jazz) 2015, and was commissioned to do 2 large works for them. John Cleese and Noam Chomsky, are a couple proud owners of some of her art prints. She is currently working on a stop motion animation, and was part of the Tiny Lights Festival, Kaslo Jazz Fest, and most recently the Nelson International Mural Festival. Kelly has many new projects on the horizon.

Crowe High School Art Showcase

posted Sep 4, 2018, 2:34 PM by Executive Director   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 2:34 PM ]

June 1 - June 15, 2018
Celebrating the amazing art of the Crowe High School art students. 
So many wonderful mediums and styles by these talented young artists. 

Silk & Steel

posted Apr 19, 2018, 10:59 AM by Executive Director

Silk & Steel!

Showing March 10 - April 20

You're invited to the wonderfully beautiful duel art show: Silk & Steel !
Featuring works by local fibre artist Karen Thatcher & sculpture artist Andrew Raney.

Breastfeeding Art Expo!

posted Apr 19, 2018, 10:54 AM by Executive Director

Showing at the VISAC Gallery Jan 12th - Feb 28th 2018

Breastfeeding Art Expo


The Breastfeeding Art Expo is a five-year arts-and-health project that will celebrate and support breastfeeding. The project will involve artists and community members from across the Interior Health region who will work to explore the topic of breastfeeding, through art. This project is a partnership between Interior Health and Kelowna Community Resources.

Breastfeeding has important medical, social, economic and environmental benefits. This community art project aims to advocate for policies and improve cultural acceptance which will better support mothers to breastfeed.

The Art Exposition: The Art Expo will include approximately fifteen major community artworks where professional artists work in a team with 5 or more community members. It will also include up to 100 independent art works. The art will include paintings, sculptures, photography, art dolls, Aboriginal artwork, poetry, dance, collage, live art and much more. Film vignettes that will capture the breastfeeding art story will also be part of the Expo. An Art Catalogue will showcase the Expo.

The Tour: The Art Expo will tour to about five key locations across Interior Health geographical region including the Thompson-Cariboo Shuswap, the Kootenays and the Okanagan. This tour may take the form of a traditional showing in an art centre, a school, or hospital, or the showing may be incorporated into a summer street festival. The Art Expo will also be a virtual tour online here at this website for those unable to get to the live Expo.

The Artists: Approximately fifteen professional artists have been selected by the project’s Steering Committee to work on the major community artworks with community members. We have in-kind funding from partner organizations and are in the process of seeking matching funding for the project. We invite non-profit organizations to partner with us on the project.

Art Surviving - Syrian Artist Fundraiser show

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:54 AM by Executive Director

Art Surviving. A fundraiser art show exhibiting works by father and son Syrian refugee artists Saad Zwayne & Amr Zwayne.
Showing November 5 - Dec 20

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All funds from sold work will go strait to the artists to help them in their final steps as they wait for refugee status approval to join their family here in Trail. 
All invited!
Light refreshments
1501 Cedar Ave, Trail, BC
Lower level Selkirk College Building.

This exhibit will show works from both artists as a review of past works (color pencil, oil, acrylic, drawings, etc). Many pieces feature beautiful horses and scenes from their homeland. More to come on their story and strength through this time.

Artistry & Ink - Tattoo Artists Showcase

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:52 AM by Executive Director

We are excited to announce the 1st Local Tattoo Artist Art Showcase, Artistry & Ink!
Showing Sept 29 - Nov 3rd

No automatic alt text available.VISAC has invited numerous local tattoo artists to participate in this celebration and exhibition of artwork created by those that choose skin and ink as their tools of professional expression. 

Participating Artists!:
Darrell Cross
Alex Moon
Ojas Cats
Josh Gatten
Alana Cronshaw 
Sylvie Le Sylvie
Meagan McLatchey

All Squared Up | Thursday Evening Painters Exhibit

posted Jun 6, 2017, 1:37 PM by Executive Director

April - May 2017:

VISAC Thursday Night Painters Group Show ' All Squared Up!'

"All Squared Up"

Thursday Evening Painters Group Exhibition

Come enjoy an night of art and admire these new works created by talented local artist.

From the Artists:
Several years ago, one rainy night during our Thursday Evening Painting sessions, we started thinking about a future exhibit we would like to have at the VISAC Gallery to celebrate 25 years of painting sessions.

We came up with a theme of square formatted work that would be an interesting visual effect…one that would provide unity with the varied mediums and subject matter that we like to paint.

“Squared-up” has a number of definitions, such as taking action to deal with a challenge, arranging objects satisfactorily, tightening connections, confirming ideas, and getting ready for a confrontation…this last definition was far from what we were thinking of.

Every painting is a challenge, mainly creating a composition that would be pleasing within a square mat/frame.

Painting “squared-up’ would tighten our connections as a group as we worked toward our common goal.
Confirming ideas helped motivate and inspire us.
Getting ready for a confrontation…well, we just didn’t go there. Actually, we became quite unified in doing a montage with a common theme of some variations of white. This group piece will be featured along with the various independent works of the participating artists.

About the Thursday Evening Painters:
In 1992, Bob Ross founded the Thursday Evening Painters at the VISAC Gallery.
His vision was to provide space and opportunity for painters in watermedia to meet, paint and be inspired. 

Bob’s legacy continues as the Thursday Evening Painters group celebrates its 25th anniversary. Comprised of members from all walks of life, and as its name suggests, they meet at the VISAC on Thursday evenings. The members’ experiences in painting and in life contribute to their work. They inspire, motivate, and encourage each other in an informal atmosphere. 

The VISAC Gallery provides a spacious beautifully lit area for the painters to create their work in such media as watercolour, acrylic, graphite, and coloured pencil in the presence of the gallery’s on-going exhibits. 

The members of Thursday Evening Painters live in Trail, Rossland, Castlegar, and Robson.

The Thursday Evening Painters would like to extend our thanks to Kristen Renn, her staff and volunteers at the VISAC, the Board of Directors of the VISAC, and the custodians who keep this facility pretty spiffy.

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